Travellers move from Ipswich car park to Bramford Lane Recreation Ground

The travellers arrived at West End Road on Wednesday night before moving on to Bramford Lane Rec. PI

The travellers arrived at West End Road on Wednesday night before moving on to Bramford Lane Rec. PIctre: ADAM HOWLETT - Credit: Archant

A group of travellers who had set up an unlawful camp on the West End Road car park in Ipswich have now moved on to the Bramford Lane Recreation ground in the north west of town.

The first vehicles arrived at the recreation ground on Thursday evening. It is understood they cut through barriers to make their way on to the land.

Overnight the rest of the vehicles, totalling about 15 and which had arrived in West End Road on Wednesday night, moved from the car park to the new encampment.

Ipswich Borough Council owns the recreation ground – as it does the car park – and it was starting the legal process to clear the travellers from the land.

A spokesman for the authority said: “Ipswich Borough Council is taking all necessary steps to secure possession of Bramford Lane recreation ground after a group of travellers arrived on the site on Thursday evening.


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“Council officials are working with their partners to resolve the situation as soon as possible.”

Bramford Lane Recreation Ground has been used by travellers for illegal pitches in the past – and the council has tried to improve security there without making it too difficult for people to access for legitimate use.

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